A new Home and Away promo has given us our first look at new character Heather, whilst adding to the mystery surrounding Marilyn’s big secret.
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In a recent television show advertisement that ran during the break for the Commonwealth Games, Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) was shown receiving a mysterious letter with a newborn baby’s photo and the words “Guess who?” scribbled on the back.
In our earlier post, we hypothesised on what this might imply: is Marilyn’s baby Byron still alive, or could Maz have had a child while she was on one of her several international journeys in recent years? Or perhaps a stranger plot with someone trying to con her is in store?
Now, the new promo, which aired after Wednesday’s episode down under, has given us another clue to Marilyn’s mystery.
While Maz may try to appear innocent, it appears that she is aware of Heather’s identity just as well as Marilyn’s.
As Heather and Roo (Georgie Parker) sit down at the diner, we observe the couple interacting. It would seem safe to assume that Heather is Roo’s first student in her new position as a private tutor, but did she employ Roo for her teaching abilities or merely as a means of gaining access to Marilyn?
Heather asks Marilyn, “have we met before?” to which a slightly nervous-looking Maz replies, “I don’t think so, no.”
Then, Heather makes it clear that there’s more to this story.
“How strange,” she comments with a wry smile. “You’re just so familiar, I can’t quite put my finger on it.”
We then see Marilyn in the diner kitchen, a panicked look on her face. Has her past finally caught up with her?
The promo doesn’t make it clear whether these events happen before or after Marilyn’s cryptic letter, but it’s almost certain the two events are related. Could Heather be Marilyn’s secret child, or is something else going on?
Their first interaction comes on the beach, as Heather walks up to Nik, who’s on life guard duty.
Because Kawakawa Fox-Reo, who plays Nikau, and Sofia had been spotted filming frequently, several fans thought that Heather and Nikau may start dating after Bella left.
It appears that the fans were correct because the promo shows the couple first meeting at the beach, getting close, and then finally kissing.
In another scene, she introduces herself by name.
It doesn’t take long for them to grow close.
We see the pair under a blanket at the caravan park, sitting and chatting in front of a campfire.
“That’s new,” quips Roo, surprised to see Nik with another girl so soon after his breakup with Bella (Courtney Miller).
Again, Marilyn appears to have a concerned look on her face – she’s not happy to be bumping into this new arrival all over town.
Later on in the advertisement, the young couple kisses. It appears that Nikau is now prepared to move on and find a new partner.
It appears like Heather might stay given the potential for romance. It’s unclear exactly how much difficulty she’ll cause Maz.
Newcomer Heather is also set to have a big storyline with Cash near the end of the year.
In a chat with CelebTime earlier this year, Nicholas Cartwright first revealed Sofia’s character name as Heather, whilst also confirming that “[Cash is] going to film a big storyline with her soon.”
The “Home is where love is” promo also features happiness for a bunch of other characters.
After numerous failed efforts, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) and Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) ultimately set out on a road trip together.
“Run away with me,” Dean propsitions, with a surf board strapped to the roof of his car. We see the excited pair strap on their seatbelts, as Ziggy woops, “let’s go!”
We know the pair have a huge storyline on the way as Ziggy falls pregnant – could their trip be what prompts them to take the next step in their relationship?
The promo also shows Justin (James Stewart) grow close to the Lyrik band members, as he joins them for a party at their new pad.
Later this week, Justin is supposed to give the band money after band member Remi (Adam Rowlands) spent it all on a sketchy van.
Justin will join Felicity (Jacqui Purvis), Tane (Ethan Browne), Nikau, Theo (Matt Evans), and the band’s founding members Remi, Kirby (Angelina Thomson), and Eden (Stephanie Panozzo) for drinks and a jam session on the veranda as a gesture that would make him a part of their extended family.
Even better, he gets to demonstrate his own guitar prowess while playing along with Leah, his adoring lover (Ada Nicodemou).
Theo and Kirby can be seen exchanging longing looks in the promo.
Recently, the two shared a kiss, but Remi and Eden, Kirby’s previous bandmates Bob (Rob Mallett), and Eden soon broke things off by forbidding interpersonal connections among band members.
Will they give into temptation once again in the weeks to come?
Additionally, we witness Cash’s struggle after finding out that he killed gang member Marty (Ben Wood).
In the latest Australian episode, he confessed to new doctor Bree (Juliet Godwin) that he’s struggling to come to terms with what he did. “A man is dead because of me. How am I meant to live with that?”
“My brother is disappearing in front of my eyes,” says Flick, concerned for her brother’s worsening mental health.
“Remember, I love you,” she reassures him. Will her love be enough to help him through?
The video also gives us our first look at Dr. Bree Cameron as she enjoys a surf in Summer Bay after leaving Northern Districts Hospital.
Bree has a backstory and tale of her own that fans will witness unfold over the next few months. Like many new faces in the Bay, she is more than meets the eye.
In an interview with TV Week about her acting debut, Juliet Godwin characterised Bree as a “laidback, compassionate doctor who loves a laugh,” but she also made a few hints about her past by saying that Bree was “in need of a fresh start” and that she jumped at the chance to apply for the job opening at the emergency room of Northern Districts Hospital.
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